When the name Three Tenors comes up, the first thought that comes to most people’s minds is the famed opera trio made up of Spanish singers Plácido Domingo and José Carreras and the late Italian singer Luciano Pavarotti. However, saxophonist Richard Elliot brings a whole different meaning to the name Three Tenors with a new trio of fellow tenor saxophonists Euge Groove and Gerald Albright.
Richard called in with Pat Prescott to tell us how the concept of the Three Tenors came about and give us details on the trio’s upcoming show this Saturday at the Long Beach Terrace Theater!
He explains the three finally got together this year for a collaboration after past years of bringing up the concept of the Three Tenors. Richard also notes that while many fans think of Gerald as being primarily an alto sax player, he says he’s also an “amazing tenor player.”
After doing a few shows at the end of 2012, Richard and the Three Tenors decided to go on the road for a few more to the delight of fans. His show this weekend also featuring the amazing vocals of Angie Stone for a special Valentine’s Day concert.
Part one: Richard talks about playing the Smooth Jazz Cruise, the story behind the Three Tenors and his concert at Long Beach Terrace Theatre.
Part two: Richard talks about working on another musical project with Dave Koz, Mindi Abair and Gerald titled Summer Horns and a supporting summer tour of the album.
“We try to bring something a little different to the table with it, not just do a remake of these songs,” said Richard. “It’s really become a wonderful project, I hope people will like it because we have had so much fun making it.”
Part three: Richard talks about the importance of taking breaks from music to spend time with family and his successful software business.
“That’s one thing that’s very important to me,” said Richard. “I love music, music is a part of who I am, but it’s very important to make time to be with the family to watch the kids grow up.”